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November/December 2014 — Micro-Windmills: From Lab to Market

December 17, 2014 2:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The November/December issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of great content from Micro-Windmills to Connected Hospitals, Digital Pre-Distortion to Powering Underground Wireless Sensors, and beyond. Find out what our top industry leaders have to say about IoT impacting the cost of ...

Extensive I/O, Large Memory Arrays

December 17, 2014 10:30 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems now offers the rugged and compact A171 computing system that ensures high...

B&K Precision Expands Multi-Range Programmable DC Power Supply Offerings

December 17, 2014 10:22 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision has announced the 9200 Series, its latest multi-range programmable DC power...

Lithium-Sulfur Batteries with a Graphene Wrapper

December 16, 2014 1:59 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

In the journal APL Materials, from AIP Publishing, a team of researchers led by Dr. Vasant Kumar...

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Using Bluetooth Smart in Industrial Lighting

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the “right” light scenery in order to bring happiness and unconscious satisfaction into your home or work place? Lights can affect your mood and enhance it, or change it. A romantic ...

Connecting Machinery to the Internet of Things (IoT)

December 15, 2014 8:57 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Everything is about Internet of Things (IoT) nowadays. What does that really mean? Fundamentally, it means that a device, a thing, can connect to the Internet. This opens up many opportunities for a product. For industrial application, as an example, it means that machinery can...

Ostar Stage LED Offers More Than Twice the Lumen Output

December 12, 2014 2:50 pm | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Up to 2.6 times the brightness from a component surface only 30 percent larger Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced a new LED for stage lighting. Compared with previous members of the product family, the new Osram Ostar Stage offers more than twice the lumen output with a component surface that is only 30 percent larger. The new version contains two square-millimeter high-current chips ...

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Photos of the Day: Stunning Drone Images

December 12, 2014 12:21 pm | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world ...                               

Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

TTE Introduces RF & Microwave Filters for Off-the-Shelf Convenience

December 11, 2014 1:03 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The 9-pole filters in the LC9S Series from TTE deliver fast roll-off, an insertion loss of 1.0 dB maximum, and 50 Ω terminations ...                  

New IFI Solid State Pulse Amplifier

December 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Instruments for Industry (IFI), a subsidiary of AMETEK Compliance Test Solutions, now offers a dual-mode, solid-state amplifier that combines continuous (CW) and pulse (P) operating modes ...                          

High Resolution, HD Quality LCDs with Wide Viewing Angles

December 11, 2014 11:11 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (TNAM) and Tianma Microelectronics USA have announced the introduction of new 4.66” and 5.7” 720 x 1280 (720 HD) TFT display modules. The TM046JDHP01 and TM057JDHP04 modules offer HD quality imaging and wider viewing angles. Both modules utilize a-Si TFT display technology with SFT for wide ... 

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R&S Oscilloscopes Lead in Analysis of High Speed CAN FD Interface Protocol

December 11, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

With its R&S RTE and R&S RTO oscilloscopes, Rohde & Schwarz is one of the first suppliers to offer analysis solutions for the CAN flexible data (CAN FD) interface protocol. A new option enables design engineers to analyze CAN interfaces that support the high speed CAN FD bus protocol. These interfaces are seeing increased use in automotive and industry applications ... 

Battery-Free RFID Pressure Monitoring Tag

December 10, 2014 4:30 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Cyclon-05BA from Farsens S.L, is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated absolute pressure measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery ...                

Texas Instruments NFC Sensor Transponder

December 10, 2014 4:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the flexible high frequency 13.56 MHz sensor transponder family. The highly integrated ultra-low-power RF430FRL15xH system-on-chip (SoC) family combines an ISO 15693-compliant near field communication (NFC) interface ...       

Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

Freescale Unveils Lightning-Fast Wireless Charging Chips

December 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Damon Poeter | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor on Monday unveiled a new family of wireless charging integrated circuits (ICs) designed to quickly power up "a variety of larger mobile devices including tablets, large-screen smartphones, and portable industrial and medical ...

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Keysight Technologies Introduces MHL 3 Source Compliance Test Software

December 10, 2014 9:24 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies has introduced compliance test software for the latest mobile high-definition link (MHL) specification. The MHL 3 source compliance test software allows engineers to test their MHL 3 transmitters the same way they are tested at official authorized MHL compliance test centers using Keysight Infiniium oscilloscopes ...                             

Mouser Announces Expanded Partnership and Portfolio with Hittite Microwave Products from Analog Devices

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by Mouser, Analog Devices, Hittite Microwave | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics has announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership and worldwide distribution agreement with Analog Devices to include ADI's recently acquired RF and microwave products from Hittite Microwave - marketed as "Hittite Microwave Products from Analog Devices ...           

Cypress’s New Bluetooth Low Energy Solutions Earn Bluetooth 4.1 Qualification

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by Cypress Semiconductors | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced its new highly integrated, single-chip Bluetooth Low Energy solutions have achieved Bluetooth qualification. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group awarded specification 4.1 qualification to Cypress’s Link Layer component ...                

Detecting Gases with a Smartphone

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT | Videos | Comments

These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed, making it easier to monitor public spaces or detect food spoilage in warehouses. Using this system, the researchers have demonstrated that they can detect gaseous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and cyclohexanone, among ...               

New Sensor Wirelessly Detects Hazardous Chemicals

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone ...                                       

Photos of the Day: Medical Imaging Scanner to Detec Spacesuit Flaws

December 9, 2014 10:50 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA hopes the advanced imaging equipment in the lab, including a CT scanner attached to a robotic arm, can help it create 3D pictures of its spacesuits that can be used to better diagnose malfunctions that might happen in the future ...                      

Advanced Imaging Equipment to Diagnose Spacesuit Malfunctions

December 9, 2014 10:48 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The empty spacesuit that sat on the operating table in a lab at Houston Methodist Hospital's research institute made for an unusual patient. The bulky garment ended up in the state-of-the-art research lab after NASA sought innovative ways to pinpoint problems with its spacesuits in the wake of an Italian astronaut nearly drowning ...                  

2 to 6 GHz 2 W GaN Driver Amplifier from RFMW

December 9, 2014 10:18 am | by RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for a medium power, high gain amplifier using TriQuint GaN technology. The TGA2597-SM offers 32 dB of saturated output power using a 25 V bias and drawing only 40 mA. This biasing voltage makes the TGA2597-SM compatible ...

Fused High CV Tantalum SMD Chip Capacitors

December 8, 2014 5:19 pm | by AVX | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released a new series of fused high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors with undertab terminations. The new F98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a proprietary lead-frame-less structure with precise dimensions and low stress packaging, an internal thin film fuse that protects against short ... 

Carrying Current with No Energy Loss

December 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Karen McNulty Walsh, DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Physics and Kyoto University has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional superconductors ...                 

The Achilles' Heel of GaN-Based LEDs

December 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Michiteru Kitazaki, Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) based devices are attractive for harsh environment electronics because of their high chemical and the mechanical stability of GaN itself that has a higher atomic displacement energy than other semiconductor materials ...                           

Fuel to the Fire? Fuel Exports Soar Under Obama

December 8, 2014 11:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration makes headway at home in the fight against global warming, it has helped stoke record exports of fossil fuels that are contributing to rising levels of pollution elsewhere. U.S. exports of diesel and gasoline have doubled since President Barack Obama took office, and the carbon embedded in them has meet ... 

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